Folk musician Richie Havens dead at 72

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Singer Richie Havens performs during the Solidays music festival in ParisLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. folk musician Richie Havens, who opened the historic 1969 Woodstock musical festival and energized the crowd with his version of "Motherless Child/Freedom," died of a heart attack on Monday at the age of 72, his talent agency said. Havens, who emerged from the New York folk scene in the 1960s, died at his home in Jersey City, New Jersey, Roots Agency President Tim Drake told Reuters. "The Roots Agency represented Richie Havens for many years and regrets to post of his passing on April 22, 2013," the agency said on its website. …

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